Bulbophyllum mediocre Summerh. ex Exell 1959 SECTION Ptiloglossum Lindl. 1862

Drawing by Vermeullen


Common Name The Mediocre Bulbophyllum

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Principe and Sao Tome in montane forests at elevations up to 700 to 1550 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a wiry rhizome with .8 to 1.2" [ 2 to 3 cm] between each ovoid to narrowly ovoid, moderately flattened, obtusely 2 to 4 angled pseudobulb carrying a single, pale green, narrowly lanceolate to broadly linear-lanceolate, obtuse apically, neither slightly emarginate or oblique, coriaceous, thick, midrib slightly prominent abaxially, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later suumer and early fall on an erect, 1.6 to 4.4" [4 to 11 cm] long, glabrous, with 5 to 7 tubular, acute, membraneous bracts, rachis erect, either slightly zig zag or not glabrous, .88 to 3.6" [2.2 to 9 cm] long, scattered, secund or not, recurved to spreading, many simultaneously open, laxly 5 to 30 flowered inflorescence that is 2.8 to 6.8" [7 to 17 cm] long overall, with recurveed to spreading, membraneous, oblong to lanceolate floral bracts and carrying not fully open, orange flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Monographs Vol 3 Vermeullen 1987 drawing fide;